FALL 2012



Karl Rove is a Republican political strategist and founder of major GOP fundraising political action committees. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush.

Karl Rove
Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Before Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden. As a Fox News contributor, Rove provides a “genuine feel of inside knowledge,” says David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun television critic. Megan Garber, of the Columbia Journalism Review, says Karl Rove has “focused his punditry on what he knows best: strategy.” The New York Times says “Rove’s substantive contributions may now inspire a little work ethic among the celebrity talking heads who may be forced to bring to the news a little more data and a little less opinion, a recalibration that would be welcome to its devoted viewers.”
Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight. He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes, FoxNews.com, HumanEvents.com, The Times, Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

A Colorado native, he attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Rove has taught graduate students at UT Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and undergraduates in a joint appointment from the Journalism and Government departments at the university. He was also a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar.

He was previously a member of the Board of International Broadcasting, which oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and served on the White House Fellows regional selection panel. He was a member of the Boards of Regents at Texas Women's Union and East Texas State University.
Rove now serves on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. He is a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the Texas Philosophical Society.


Point Counterpoint:

Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs was President Obama’s White House Press Secretary in 2009-2010, and has been an Obama adviser since 2004.

Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs is a trusted advisor and strategist to President Obama, having been with him from the early days of Obama's 2004 Senate race to his sweep to the White House, to his current role as a Senior Advisor for the President’s reelection campaign.

Gibbs joined Barack Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate
campaign as Communications Director in mid-April 2004 and held the same title at the onset of the 2008 presidential campaign until becoming Senior Strategist for Communications and Message during the general election.

During the four years of intense campaigning and close contact, Gibbs became an integral part of President Obama's team. According to The New York Times, Gibbs advised President Obama on politics, strategy and messaging, and spent more time with him than any other advisor.

On November 22, 2008, Robert Gibbs was announced as the Press Secretary of the Obama administration, and assumed the role on January 20, 2009.

Gibbs has traveled a long road with President Obama, and his rapport and access to the President provides intimate and insightful commentaries. Gibbs continues to be one of President Obama's trusted strategists.

Gibbs also served as Press Secretary of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and has previously specialized in Senate campaigns, having served as Communications Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998.

Gibbs was also the Press Secretary of Representative Bob Etheridge.